Pittsburgh, Pa. (Dec. 9, 2017) --- Mike Lewis II and Eric Williams, Jr. combined for 45 points and 12 three-point field goals to lead Duquesne to a 97-48 victory over Delaware State in a men’s basketball contest at the A.J. Palumbo Center this afternoon.
The Dukes won their third straight game to improve to 5-3, while the Hornets dropped their fourth in a row to fall to 2-9 this season.
Artem Tavakalyan was the only Delaware State player to reach double-figures in scoring, coming off the bench to tally 13 points and grab a team-high seven rebounds. Tavakalyan has scored 64 points in the last five games to move into a tie for second on the Hornets in scoring at 10.2 points per game this season.
Lewis was 7-for-14 from the field, including 7-of-12 on three-point shots, to lead Duquesne with 23 points in 22 minutes. Williams added 22 points, hitting 5-of-9 shots from the floor (5-6 3pt FG) and 7 free throws on eight attempts. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Rene Casto-Caneddy recorded a double-double for the Dukes, scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Duquesne hit four three-pointers in the three-and-a-half minutes, and opened up a 16-3 lead on a three-pointer by Williams.
The Dukes shot 58.6% from the field in the first half en route to a 53-16 lead at the break.
Duquesne knocked down 18 three-pointers in the game (18-34), tops for a Delaware State opponent this season.
DSU was 2-for-15 on three-point shots (13.3%) and 17-of-53 overall (32.1%) for the game.
The Hornets will take a break for final exams next week and return to action on Dec. 17 for a home game against Delaware. The start time for the battle between the state’s two Div. I men’s basketball programs is set for 8 p.m., following the DSU/La Salle women’s contest in Memorial Hall.